People Explain What It’s Like to Be in a Coma

Accidentally Asleep

I was in a medically induced for 2 weeks and I had no perception of time. I was in an accident, put into the coma by doctors, then awoke on a later date. The drugs gave me crazy dreams for the next month in the hospital but I have no memory of anything during the time I was in the coma.

The Human Blender

I was also in a medically induced coma for about 5 days. During that period I had a couple of different surgeries, including open heart surgery.

I had extremely vivid dreams during the coma. In the one I remember I was inside of a life-sized blender and I would get chopped up to bits and pieces. Then I would get dropped out of the blender, reform into myself again, only to drop into another blender and get chopped up again. On and on continuously.

When I finally woke up, it definitely felt shorter than 5 days but it didn’t feel instantaneous either.

The Voice in Our Head

I was in a coma for a week after surgery. To me it was instant. The odd part. My mom talked to me while I was in the coma and I remember the things she said. She talked about raising me, the funny things I did, etc.

When my mom passed away in 2007, she fell asleep first. We knew she wouldn’t wake up again. So I talked to her about how amazing she was as a mom. I talked for hours until she took her last breath. I hope she heard me. I wasn’t always a good son.

Waking Up Violent

I was in a coma for four or five days. I woke up two days into it and pulled out my vent and feeding tube and punched a nurse. I don’t remember that at all. Then when I came out again I was in the process of trying to punch a different nurse. Then I realized where I was and calmed down. Last thing I remember was getting put onto a helicopter. Then I woke up. No in between.

Working After Waking

8 Days, felt like 10 minutes of sleep. No dreaming here. i thought id get up and walk around but it took me a good 4-5 days for my legs to start working like normal again, and yes very groggy.

He’s Awake!

I was in a very bad car wreck, one that I probably should have died from. I don’t remember much of the accident, just a loud bang and slowly losing consciousness. Five months and two weeks passed before I woke up, but for me it felt like 10 seconds had passed. It was so weird because It literally felt like I teleported into this hospital bed and had a breathing tube instantly put into my throat, which was also pretty scary. I started to panic and this lady, who was my nurse, saw that I was awake and started running out of the room screaming at the top of her lungs “HE’S AWAKE!!!” Which wasn’t helping the mini panic attack I was having.

Next thing I knew there was a doctor and few nurses surrounding my bed checking my body out asking questions. The only thing I was able to utter out was the word “water” cause I was so freaking thirsty. The nurse called my family and like 25 minutes later my mom comes running into my room crying followed by my dad, sister, and girlfriend. We started talking and they finally told me that I had been out for nearly half a year, and a wave of emotions started to overcome me. Mainly disbelief and confusion. But yah that’s what it was like for me. Oh and also they apparently never bothered to shave my face, because my dad requested it (he’s weird), so for the first time in my life I had a full beard. And for me it only took 10 seconds to grow, which was actually pretty cool.

A Long Nap

I was in a coma after a big head concussion resulted from a car accident.
It’s no different than being asleep, the only difference is that you wake up thirsty like you’ve never been before and for some reason I couldn’t drink any water and I was only allowed to suck a clean wet sponge to “calm” my thirst.

I was in a coma for 2 days which isn’t too long but as I said before: it isn’t any different than taking a long nap.

Never Felt So Great

No recall during, but upon waking I felt like my body was brand new, sort of like a baby might. It was a feeling I had never had before nor will likely again.

“There was nothing”

Blood clot in brain at 19 years old, medical coma for 11 days.
There was nothing, no dreams, or anything.

I had a bit of a flashback like memory, of someone trying to put a oxygen mask on my face, saying something like “it’s okay, I know you hate it.. Something something – but you need the training”.

No idea if I made that up during the waking up phase or not, but I do remember a burning pain in my lungs associated with it. Then again, I was knocked off my tits on every anesthetic under the moon, and had quite vivid, almost psychotic delusions for several days afterwards.

Overall though, no dreams or anything whatsoever associated with the coma itself.

Head Trauma

Head trauma. Just a few days in a coma. I don’t remember waking up, I don’t remember sleeping, I don’t even remember anything from the day of the accident except some fragments. It’s a gradual process going from a comatose situation to slowly gaining your senses.

I see pictures my family took of me in the week I spent in the ICU and the days I got into the regular recovery rooms. I see myself standing around, looking at the camera, smiling. And I remember none of it.

More Than a Blackout

Just blackness honestly, I woke up what seemed to be 5 minutes after i aspirated.

I was walking home from a college party when an undercover stopped me. I told him I wasn’t feeling good and wanted to get home to throw up. He decides to arrest me for public drunkenness and since it was at a university it was protocol I had to be taken to the hospital to get blood drawn. I’m strapped into the gurney as I plead that I need to throw up but he didn’t give a fuck. So when I feel it coming up I tried to get to my side and the officer decided to taze. I aspirated, brain shit down, and was in a coma for about a weekend.

I just consider myself lucky to be alive. Every day I do my best to realize I got a second chance.

Coming To

Medically-induced coma for about 10 days following septic shock. I didn’t dream at all during the coma, but as they started trying to ease me out of sedation, I became very aware of the extreme pain and discomfort. I remember the unpleasant and mechanical feeling of the ventilator breathing for me. I can also remember my friends and family members visiting and speaking to me during these times. (Note: this was only after the step down from an actual coma to just heavy sedation.)

The most fascinating part of being in a coma (to me) was my state of mind during the waking up and recovery period. The only thing that mattered, the only thing I was mentally capable of processing, was the absolute desperation to survive. I’m sure most of you are thinking, “Well, obviously!” But I don’t mean that I was prioritizing survival — it was simply the only thing my brain knew. It was an experience that is unlike any other (and that was not the only time I had been hospitalized long term with a life-threatening illness). It’s impossible to describe. My brain could only focus on the moment. I had no higher thought; I had only what I was feeling right that second. It didn’t even occur to me to wonder how I had gotten to that place or what events had transpired over the course of my illness.

Interestingly, I didn’t have much memory of the whole ordeal (that led to the coma) until at least 6 months later, when I started getting healthy and closer to normal functioning. Then, bits and pieces began coming back to me, and eventually I could mostly piece together the whole narrative. It really was like my brain shut down during the time I was that sick. Very surreal to look back on.

A Past Life

My dad was in and out of a coma for about eighteen months. He had a ‘dream’ of being a Chinese watchmaker in an 18th Century fishing town, which was extremely long and complex. The memories from his ‘dream’ are so vivid and span such a large amount of time that he thinks it was actually him revisiting a past life.

Help Me

My aunt got hit crossing a road by a car drag racing (it was estimated doing 90 at the time). She flipped several times in the air and suffered a massive amount of injuries. She was in a coma for 8 months. She started one day to whisper “help me” over and over and everyone was ecstatic she finally woke up (it wasn’t induced). But due to the head injury she was a completely different person. She mentioned becoming addicted to cigarettes (and started smoking once she partially recovered). And just being in a constant state of panic and sadness. She also felt she was trying to lift her self up through layers of blackness to awake but was stuck in perpetual darkness.

Final Thoughts

I feel like death will be like this. From the second you die until the end of the universe will be an instant. Not that you could feel it anyway.

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